Our slogan ‘Langtang Himal, Ramro Himal’ seeks to spread environmental consciousness and clean trails, and help the tourism economy. Convincing the locals is no easy matter, and sometimes things move slow.
Recycling is not only an option for keeping the Himalaya clean, but can also be a modest income stream for local people.
The 100 tons of plastic thrown away actually represents Rs 7 million, if it can be collected for recycling.
Slowly, the message is spreading: why throw bottles in the river, if you can recycle them? Even better, why recycle them if you can upcycle?
Samuel Johns studied geography at the University of Oxford and UBC in Canada and writes about the Himalaya in the anthropocene.
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